Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (234)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


238 Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of retired public servants who have been awarded temporary or term-time posts in the public sector over recent years. [36044/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

I appointed two former public servants to act as Civilian Drivers at my Department.

The following retirees were also rehired by my Department on a part-time basis in recent years:

Mr. John Walsh — A former Assistant Secretary in this Department is serving on the NERA Advisory Board. The cost to the Exchequer for 2011 was €514.58.

Ms Julie O'Neill — A former Secretary General at the Department of Transport, is currently Chair of the Department's Audit Committee. In line with centrally agreed procedures for external audit committee members in the Civil Service, she is paid a fee of €450 per meeting, subject to a maximum of €1,800 per annum.

Mr. Martin Lynch — A former Principal Officer is the Irish Government representative and Deputy Chair of the Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) based in Helsinki, Finland. He is engaged as an expert and is paid on a fee per day basis in respect of each Board meeting that he attends and also for attending meetings of the Board Sub-Committee which he chairs. The cost for 2011 was €7,474.00 in fees and €4,407.30 in Travel and Subsistence. Following refunds from the European Chemicals Agency, the net cost to the Exchequer was €8,030.30.

Ms Eveta Brezina — A former Assistant Principal, is a Member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal. She is paid the appropriate "sitting fee" of €193.24 per diem in addition to any travel and subsistence costs. She was paid a total of €6,243.04 gross in respect of fees in 2011 and €375.75 in respect of travel and subsistence. Fees are subject to Schedule E tax, Universal Social Charge, PRSI and pension-related deduction where appropriate.

Paul Appleby, the former Director of Corporate Enforcement was re-appointed to the post of Acting Director of Corporate Enforcement for a period of up to six months. His pension is abated for the period that he has agreed to remain on in his post in an acting capacity.

Also, at the request of the Chairman of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries, my Department re-engaged, on a part-time basis, estimated to involve 10 working days, 1 Principal Officer who retired in February 2012 and who had represented the Department on the Committee prior to his retirement. An all-inclusive fee of €1,500 was sanctioned by the Department of Public Expenditure to cover the cost of completing this work and was based on the understanding that the work in question will entail no more than 10 working days. Any travel and subsistence costs incurred in fulfilling this role will be reimbursed by my Department.

No retirees were re-hired to replace staff on term-time.

There have been no appointments to term-time posts since 2008. At that time replacements for term-time staff were recruited through the Public Appointments Service.

As this is a day to day matter for the Agencies, I have asked the Agencies under the aegis of my Department to respond directly to the Deputy.